MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - City of Mobile employees will be getting a raise after all. This comes a day after many county employees were denied a pay raise. However, not all of the council members were for the proposed budget.
It got a little heated at times between the council members, but the 2014 budget for the City of Mobile passed by a vote of 5-2. It needed four votes to pass. The budget includes across the board employee raises of 2.5 percent.
"We have to treat our employees the way they need to be treated. It's unfortunate that they haven't had a raise in some time with rising health care costs and all there are other things they have to be compensated," said City Council Member William Carroll.
Voting against the proposed budget were council members Bess Rich and John Williams. Williams was against it for two reasons: one, $2.5 million of capital funds were being used for the pay raise; two, he wanted the increase to go to retirees and not current city workers.
"We must recognize as a priority retirees, those who have served our city proudly and for many years with the hope of being given a decent quality of life," said Council Member John Williams.
Williams said he is not against current employee raises but would rather the raises be in the form of merit raises. Williams said it makes the city look bad when retirees are overlooked.
"We don't keep our obligations, and it won't be long before they will find employment elsewhere," said Williams.
This increase for current workers comes a day after county workers were denied a raise, but were allowed to keep the $10 per diem they already receive.
City workers haven't been given a pay increase since 2008.
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